Erectile dysfunctions and medical examination

A lot of men that have certain erectile dysfunctions are afraid to go to a doctor because they feel embarrassed and some of them even feel scared because they don’t know how the medical examination looks like. There is nothing embarrassing with having some kind of erectile dysfunction and there are doctors specialized in this field. When it comes to the medical examination there are few things that are performed on every patient so once you read about them you will feel more comfortable before visiting your doctor.

Erectile dysfunctions can hurt the self-esteem in men. The fact that the only way to diagnose and start treating those dysfunctions is by visiting a doctor can cause additional stress. Sitting in the hospital, uncomfortable examination, medical equipment, injections, being hospitalized are all things that can create additional stress in an already frightened man. But this is only one way to look at these things. The diagnosis and the process of healing can progress without stress, especially in cases when you know what to expect. If you are suffering from some kind of erectile dysfunction you must talk with your partner first because this type of condition can cause a lot of problems. Every woman would be concerned if her partner stops having sex with her without explanation. After that you should go to a doctor.

Once you are at your doctor’s office you must be prepared to tell everything to him without using complicated words. You must be completely honest. The doctor will ask you questions that can be very intimate and related to the course of the illness up to that date, taking drugs, your sexual life, when did you notice the first problems, how is your erection functioning, how long does it last and some similar questions. All these questions are necessary in order to set the right diagnosis. After this verbal communication, the doctor will examine you physically. The doctor will look for any unusual signs in your physical appearance. For example, increased breasts indicate hormonal imbalance. Of course, your testicles and penis will be thoroughly examined. Different signs can indicate different conditions. Curvature of the penis indicates the presence of Peyronie’s disease. The insensitivity of the glans penis usually means nerve injury. The doctor will also take some blood and examine it, focusing on the amount of fat, creatinine and liver enzymes and in cases of hormonal imbalance he will check the testosterone levels too. He will also take a sample of your urine.

Another set of tests tries to determine whether the erectile dysfunctions are related to some psychological problems. For example if you are having nocturnal erections this is almost always linked with some sort of psychological problems because the blood flow in your penis is obviously normal. Today there are sophisticated scanners used in the hospital but you can also use them at home while you are sleeping in order to determine if you have nocturnal erections.

After the diagnosis is set, the doctor will select the appropriate treatment for you.